CORSICA, the Babyboomers hide out
Aptly named ‘the most beautiful’ or Kalliste by the ancient Greeks, Corsica merits its labels by offerring a truly dramatic natural landscape. Combined with its enticing climate, vibrant culture, welcoming locals, exquisite food and local wines, Corsica’s abundant charms act as a magnet for discerning and seasoned travelers alike looking for a truly authentic experience.
300 days of sunshine, 90 minutes from Paris
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coasts of Provence and Tuscany, flight from Paris. Balzac often described Corsica as a French Island basking in the Italian Sun. Nothing could be more accurate as Corsica enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, only 90 minute flight from the City of Lights. Corsica is the fourth largest Mediterranean island after Sicily, Sardinia, and Cyprus. It lies 105 miles from southern France and 56 miles from northwestern Italy, and it is separated from Sardinia by the 7-mile Strait of Bonifacio.
A mountain in the Sea
Its varied, multifaceted history has, however, left it with a wealth of treasures, including megalithic archaeological sites, impregnable fortresses, picturesque towns, gastronomic delights, rolling vineyards and a rich cultural identity. Its inhabitants are proud of where they’ve come from, at ease with who they are and fiercely protective of their unique island home.
Mountains make up two-thirds of Corsica, forming a single chain, which consists of an ancient crystalline massif that divides the island on a northwest-to-southeast axis. Corsica boasts a collection of 20 peaks over 6,500 feet. Mount Cinto reaches an elevation of 8,890 feet. The mountain contours are breathtaking, and their granite rocks display vivid colours.
Unspoilt and authentic Mediterranean island
After being ruled by the Republic of Genoa since 1284, Corsica was briefly an independent Corsican Republic from 1755 until it was annexed by France in 1769. Due to Corsica’s historical ties with the Italian peninsula, the island retains to this day many elements of the culture of Italy.
Napoleon was born in 1769 in the Corsican capital of Ajaccio. His ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is today used as a museum.
Corsica enjoys one of the least densely populated ratio in Europe with a mere 36 inhabitants per km2. Whilst popular with visitors, commercial development is severely controlled and, thus, the authentic character of the Island largely derives from its diverse historic architecture. Villages tucked away on abrupt promotories with an eclectic mix of Baroque, Pisan and Genoese chapelles, craggy mountains emerging high above and luxuriant green panoramas overlooking the azure waves, aptly coalesce to turn Corsica into a hidden gem, away from the civilization if need be.
A Beacon for Babyboomers with a dilemma : unwind or go active ? Both !
Corsica abounds with activities to suit all visitors, from couples to large family groups, including world-class dive sites, stunning hiking trails and a wide array of watersports such as Kite-surfing or Windsurfing. Golfers may practice their handicap at Sperone near Bonifacio, which is known as ‘The Pebble Beach of Europe’ (# 9th in France). Last, but not least, the island is also a haven for wildlife, with some rare species of flora and fauna, some of which is unique to the island.
July and August: NA
Best time to go: Fall & Spring
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